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"The Russian word poshlost suggests the transcendent vulgarity at work in the Marcos spectacle.
With all due respect to Toole and Southern, such political poshlost could give a new meaning to the titles of a Confederacy of Dunces and The Magic Christian.
By basing his humor upon public interaction with unknowing victims, it is reality humor, made more powerful by the irony that these idiots allow his poshlost behavior. by
There is another all-embracing term for this sort of thing, but again it is Russian: poshlost '— "vulgarity, tawdriness, triteness, banality, [Nabokov's] posh-lust" are not quite adequate translations.
"Pure poshlost" is what Mr. Remnick called the Tea Room-a complex Russian word best translated to mean false, tacky and pretentious all at the same time.